Hello! My web pages and images not being indexed

Līva_Miķelsone
Tourist
22 0 1

Hello,

 

I have an issue with google indexing my web pages and images. Can someone could tell why google don't read shopify site map.

 

Thank you!

Liv

 

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Dave_E
Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
114 0 18

Hey Liv! 

Dave here from  the Guru Team :) 

So Google may not index pages for a few reasons, mainly being: 

  • 404 Errors
  • Duplicate Title Tags
  • Duplicate Meta Description
  • Duplicate Content

These issues can vary and it does look like you have a lot of pages to identify where the issues lie. To make this whole process much more straightforward I think an App would really help in this case! Take a look at SEO Manager - it's a fantastic app that can certainly assist with this task of getting your indexing and SEO up to speed :) 

I hope this helps! 

All the Best, 
Dave | Shopify

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Līva_Miķelsone
Tourist
22 0 1

Thank you Dave for your suggestion. I definetelly will try this app trial version and consider to buy monthly plan. 

But in my opinion there could be other issues that this app can't help me to resolve. One of them is that google doesn't index my website images? How could that be possible?

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Mircea_Piturca
Shopify Partner
1489 42 317

You have about 880 page indexed: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Ahttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.livettes.eu&start=0&rct=j

Sometime Webmaster tools do not report the right data espacially on new sites.

Finally—Add variant descriptions to your products
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Līva_Miķelsone
Tourist
22 0 1

Thank you Mircea for Your reply!

 

Liv

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Tony_McCreath
Shopify Expert
240 0 39

Id like to correct Dave a bit. To see the following info a page needs to be already crawled and indexed:

  • 404 Errors
  • Duplicate Title Tags
  • Duplicate Meta Description
  • Duplicate Content

So they can't be factors in indexing. Things like 404 is a factor in excluding from search results. Duplicate title and content has no real influence but the GSC has a report on them which is more about helping people identify potential duplicate content. With Duplicate content you get what is called content canibalisation, which is where you end up having multiple pages comepeting for the same search results, which is sub optimal.

I'd worry first about your low page indexing count. Mercea indicated that you are actually indexed, but the sitemap is not reporting it. The first check is to make sure you are looking at the correct property in the search console. E.g. with https and with www. The wrong property will not match up with the sitemap and therefore will not show much indexing.

Technical SEO Consultant - Specialising in setting up Structured Data for Rich Snippets, Google Analytics for advanced reports and the Google Search Console for efficient crawling.
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Līva_Miķelsone
Tourist
22 0 1

Hello Tony,

It is really strange because suddenly indexed page number incresed from 20 to 219... ? Maybe I need to add sitemap once more time for all properties?

Bellow I atached pictures from google webmaster. Still google can't index images...

Main property - https://www.livettes.eu/

property- http://www.livettes.eu/

property - https://livettes.eu/

property - http://livettes.eu/

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Tony_McCreath
Shopify Expert
240 0 39

Shopify seems to be hit and miss at getting those index counts to show for images. Sometimes I see them, somtimes I don't. Things are complicated as the images are on a third party property that you don't perdonally have verified.

Shopify also adds the images to a page in a way that often the image URL in the sitemap does not actually get used on the page. Google needs to find the image URL when crawling the page, in order to show it in the sitemap count.

Go to Google Image search and search for site:https://www.livettes.eu

That will show you the actual images Google has found. If you view the images you will see that the image urls are sized versions, and not the original URL used in the sitemap. In your case the URL includes _1024x1024. Those are the image URLs used on the actual page, and what Google has found. As they don't match your sitemap, it will not count them.

I think the best solution is to direct Google to crawl and index the full size images, but I think that would require some playing around with how the product pages work, and some testing of how Google is picking up the images, which would be time consuming.

It's on my list of things to do.

Technical SEO Consultant - Specialising in setting up Structured Data for Rich Snippets, Google Analytics for advanced reports and the Google Search Console for efficient crawling.
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Līva_Miķelsone
Tourist
22 0 1

Hello Tony,

Thank you for your reply. In google image search appears +/- 100 images from my website but actual image count could be 400-500 images. As I am selling interior products it is very very important to get my images on google. Because when people search for wallpaper they want to see images.

Also it seems that all my alt texts for images are usless because google don't see them?

You mentioned that solution is to direct Google to crawl and index the full size images but that would need some time. Could you tell approximately time this process could take. Maybe there is something I could help with?

 

Best regards,

Liv

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Tony_McCreath
Shopify Expert
240 0 39

Time is unknown until I get the time to look into it! But I suspect it will take a while (weeks) of testing to see how Google indexes things.

You could try and change your product page template to directly insert the original image as a visible img tag with the correct alt attribute. At the moment I think your template never includes the original image, even via JavaScript.

Technical SEO Consultant - Specialising in setting up Structured Data for Rich Snippets, Google Analytics for advanced reports and the Google Search Console for efficient crawling.
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